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Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month! A whole month dedicated to celebrating those that write, read recite and listen to poetry. The Greenburgh Library staff is super excited to promote our love of poetry! Here is a poem written by one of our staff members, Glen Williams Jr., that reminds us to find the magic in the world.      

The Magic In the Music
By Glen Williams Jr.

Listen and move
To the beat while we groove.
Feel it in the air,
Like your soul is aware.

Can you feel the magic?
As the music can portray
From night fall's symphony
To the bells of a new day.

So I sing and I dance,
As the magic shows me the way,
Because where there is Magic 
Music is here to stay.

CALLING ALL POETS! The Greenburgh Public Library's Youth Services Department wants children and their families to celebrate by writing a poem and sending it to us to share on our virtual “Poetree”.  Or make a video of your child reading a poem and we will load it on our YouTube channel along with the Greenburgh librarians reading their favorite poems. Go to our “April is Poetry Month” link on our website for details and to view poems written and illustrated by children in our community. In the meantime look out for the 2020 winners of our annual Teen Poetry Contest !

There are many great resources out there to learn more about National Poetry Month. Reading Rockets wants you to get to know some well-loved children's poets in their video interview series. Check out Reading Rockets’ lists of children’s poets, their articles on learning through poetry and much more! Not motivated or feeling overwhelmed? Read Erica @ What Do We Do All Day’s blog “ 8 Ways to Use Poetry to Calm Your Kids and Bring Joy to Your Daily Life” to find ways during this difficult time to learn the positive benefits of incorporating poetry into your family life. 

This is a small sampling of poetry resources from our wonderful E-Library . Use the Libby, Hoopla or Kanopy App (all free with your library card) to search the large number of poetry ebooks, audiobooks or videos. Get the whole family involved in some of the fun poetry activities we have included below.

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Preschool/Elementary: Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose b y Scott Gustafson
Welcome to the charming, wacky and sometimes hilarious interpretation of Mother Goose favorites from award-winning artist, Scott Gustafson. Richly painted scenes with multi-ethnic (and multi-species!) characters turn these familiar rhymes into new adventures through the imagination of the artist. You'll meet Jack Sprat, a lithe lizard (who could eat no fat) and his chubby bullfrog wife (who could eat no lean). There's the dancing bear baker in Pat-a-Cake, and Peter Piper is a Pug dog with pickled peppers.

Elementary: Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's outrageously funny and deeply profound poetry collection begins.

Older elementary and up: Emily Dickinson - Poetry For Kids b y Emily Dickinson
Let your children discover the works of poet Emily Dickinson. This gentle introduction is divided into sections by season of the year, and includes commentary, as well as definitions of important words.Each poem is beautifully illustrated by Christine Davenier and thoroughly explained by an expert.
Thirteen young Latinos and Latinas living in America are introduced in this book celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino and Latina experience in the United States. Free-verse fictional narratives from the perspective of each youth provide specific stories and circumstances for the reader to better understand the Latino people's quest for identity. Each profile is followed by nonfiction prose that further clarifies the character's background and history, touching upon important events in the history of the Latino American people, such as the Spanish Civil War, immigration to the US, and the internment of Latinos with Japanese ancestry during World War II.
Chapter Books in Verse (older elementary and up)
The Crossover b y Kwame Alexander
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Inside Out and Back Again  by Thanhhà Lai
Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee-fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama-this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.
Presenting a delightful collection of children's favorite Mother Goose rhymes by Tomie dePaola.
Older Elementary and up: Out Of Wonder  Poems Celebrating Poets
Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing and their minds wonder.

Jack hates poetry. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments -- and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.
Preschool and Elementary: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters race each other up the coconut tree. The bold illustrations and lively music make this merry alphabet parade fun and educational.

Elementary: Papa is a Poet
When Robert Frost was a child, his family thought he would grow up to be a baseball player. Instead, he became a poet. His life on a farm in New Hampshire inspired him to write "poetry that talked," and today he is famous for his vivid descriptions of the rural life he loved so much. Told from the point of view of Lesley, Robert Frost's oldest daughter, this is the story of how a lover of language found his voice.
A Play on Shakespeare
Come along as four young adventurers go exploring in a magical meadow, only to find out that there is more mischief afoot in this Fairy Wood than they might have expected. Hilarious mayhem abounds in this introduction to Shakespeare's classic comedy.
Students are introduced to the basic poetic techniques and the endless variety of poetic forms and subjects poets have used over the centuries. The enormous possibilities of poetic expression are explored through the works of many famous poets.

This program provides a simple, lyrical introduction to such poetic elements as word selection, rhythm, form imagery, meter, simile, metaphor and rhyme.
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